1 Thessalonians 4:9–12 – Love matters – David Hill

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Theme sentence: As a disciple of Jesus your purpose for living should be evident in how you love and how you work.

Aim sentence: Love genuinely, work diligently and live purposefully.

As Christians our lives are a billboard for what it means to follow Jesus as Lord.

Love each other genuinely (9-10)

Love for one another is VITAL in the church and our love should be growing.

Our love for each other will not be growing if our amazement at God’s love for us is not growing.

Paul urges us in this passage to love each other more and more.

Do your work diligently (11)

This more and more love is also on display in the way we go about our day to day life and by the way we work.

We aren’t only to love those in the church, but also those outside the church.

One of the simplest ways that you can love the world around you is by working diligently in our jobs.

Live your life purposefully (12)

Our genuine love and diligent work must all flow from our increasing love for God.

His love for us gives our lives purpose. Your purpose in life is for the good news of Jesus to ring out from you.

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